Crews Battle Three Fires in Western Colorado

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Published Sunday, June 11, 2017

Fire crews are fighting three fires under Red Flag conditions in northwestern Colorado. 

More than 40 firefighters, five engines, four heavy air tankers, six single engine air tankers, and a helicopter are working the 500-acre Hunter Fire about 20 miles southwest of Meeker. Smoke from this fire was visible Saurday afternoon from the Colorado River corridor and Craig. The fire was reported Saturday and is likely a hold-over from lightning several days ago. Oil and gas infrastructure is in the area. Firefighters do not have a containment estimate. 

The Temple Fire burned 65 acres Friday about 25 miles west of Craig but did not grow significantly Saturday as about 40 firefighters secured fire lines. Firefighters do not have a containment estimate. The fire is mostly on Bureau of Land Management land, with a small amount of private land. 

Eight firefighters are closely monitoring the Cross Fire, which burned 55-acres Friday in a rugged, remote area on BLM land in the Cross Mountain Wilderness Study Area. The lightning-ignited fire did not grow significantly Saturday and is being held in place by the terrain. Firefighters will suppress the fire when needed.

A Red Flag Warning indicating weather conditions that can lead to large fire growth remains in effect in parts of western Colorado and Utah through Monday.